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Anna Majavu and Sapa
Former defence minister Mosiuoa Lekota's threat to form a new political party should not distract people from "the real issues, like poverty, unemployment, crime and corruption" Independent Democrats leader Patricia de Lille said yesterday.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) heralded the announcement as the beginning of "the disintegration of the ANC". DA leader Helen Zille said she would discuss the idea of working with Lekota with him.
"We share Lekota's rejection of resurgent tribalism in the ANC, the anti-constitutional rhetoric of Zuma's supporters and the illegal and unconstitutional idea of a 'political solution' to the 783 counts of alleged bribery with which Zuma has been charged," Zille said.
United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa hinted he would also work with Lekota.
"We can still make it possible that Zuma and his ilk do not ascend to Union Buildings," he said.
Youth organisations were concerned that the move could herald the start of violence between ANC members. The Azanian Youth Organisation's Mandla Hanise said Lekota must not be threatened with sabotage if he choses to form a new party.
Inkatha Freedom Party spokesman Musa Zondi said the announcement was a disappointment as "the country is still looking for tangible leadership".
Meanwhile, tripartite alliance members took pot shots at Lekota after his announcement that he was "serving divorce papers" on the ANC. Cosatu spokesman Patrick Craven slammed the news as a "publicity stunt".
The South African Communist Party accused Lekota of not being able to "accept democratic processes inside the ANC".